Men's Tennis notebook: Aug. 6
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas rising senior Luis Diaz Barriga will represent his native Mexico later this week at the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand. The tennis competition is scheduled to run from Aug. 9 through Aug. 16.
Diaz Barriga (Cordoba, Mexico) enjoyed a breakout season in 2007, compiling a 27-4 overall singles record, including an incredible 22-3 mark in dual-match play. Diaz Barriga clinched UT's thrilling 4-2 victory over Boise State last May in Austin to send the Longhorns to the NCAA round of 16 for a second consecutive season.
Newcomers Damico, Corrie Enjoying Stellar Summers
Damico scored a pair of victories at The Junior Championships, Wimbledon before falling to Australian Open junior champion Brydan Klein of Australia in the round of 16.
Damico also reached the doubles round of 16 in that event and recently defeated Ohio State rising junior Bryan Koniecko in a USTA futures event in Joplin, Mo. Koniecko concluded the 2007 collegiate season ranked No. 15 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings.
Corrie, like Damico, defeated a player with NCAA tennis experience when he knocked off Stanford rising sophomore Richard Wire, who finished the 2007 season ranked 79th in the ITA singles rankings, last month in the qualifying round of a futures event. Corrie went on to defeat the aforementioned Klein at a challenger event in Nottingham, England.
Longhorns and Aggies to Battle in Houston
The Longhorns and Aggies most recently played a non-conference match on Feb. 1, 2003, when Texas claimed a 4-2 victory over Texas A&M in Houston. The two schools will square off once again in a Big 12 Conference match next spring at UT's Penick-Allison Tennis Center.
UT to Welcome Tough Non-Conference Foes in 2008
Expected to come to Austin next season are Southern California, Florida State, Michigan and Clemson. The Trojans finished the 2007 season ranked No. 9 by the ITA, while Florida State ended with a No. 18 ranking. Michigan wrapped up 2007 ranked No. 21, and Clemson finished with a No. 23 ranking.
Oklahoma State, who finished the 2007 season ranked No. 11, also will come to Austin for a Big 12 Conference match, as will Oklahoma, who finished at No. 26.